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Born from the ruins of an Incan city, Ecuador's capital offers both the comforts of a modern cityscape and cultural treasures of a World Heritage site. Surrounded by volcanic peaks, Quito is abundant in breathtaking natural beauty and perfect for adventurers.

Church of the Society of Jesus

Church of the Society of Jesus

This astouding baroque masterpiece is often claimed as Ecuador's most beautiful church. The ornate interior is guaranteed to dazzle. Admission is $4 with a guided tour.

Church and Convent of St. Francis

Church and Convent of St. Francis

Built shortly after Quito was founded in 1534, this is one of the city's oldest churches. It's an impressive spectacle with stunning colonial design and a rich cultural history.

La Capilla del Hombre

Overlooking Quito is this fascinating museum and gallery of Guayasamín's life work. The building itself is one of the painter's greatest works of art and is best explored by tour.

El Panecillo

El Panecillo

This impressive statue of the Virigin Mary sits atop the hill of Panecillo. Whether you climb by foot or take a taxi, you're guaranteed breathtaking views of Quito's best sights.

Pichincha Volcano

Pichincha Volcano

Take a ride on Quito Teleferico - one of the world's highest aerial lifts - to see stunning views from Pichincha's base. Try and wait for a clear morning to get the full effect.

Cotopaxi National Park

Cotopaxi National Park

A beautiful natural treasure, this expansive reserve is one of Ecuador's most popular attractions. For a day trip, it's best to drive and then explore on foot. Admission is $10.

Cathedral of Quito

Cathedral of Quito

Found in the Independence Plaza, the Metropolitan Cathedral is a beautiful blend of architectural designs. Inside, view its stunning colonial art collection unrivalled in Quito.

Parque La Carolina

A wonderful family park packed full of things to do. Rent a kite or paddleboat in the sunshine. Or visit the park's botanic gardens and vivarium for a great display of wildlife.

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Journey to the "City at the Middle of the World" to see this stunning monument marking the equator line. It's a picture-perfect sight and also home to an Ecuadorian history museum.

Planning Your Quito Visit

When's the best time to visit Quito?

Falling on the equator, Quito has wet and dry seasons rather than clear-cut summer and winter months. If you want a sunny visit, then June to August is best. Its busiest periods are mid-June to September and late December to early January, so book well in advance if you're planning your trip for those periods.

How many days should you stay?

There's a wealth of must-see sights, beautiful beaches and stunning natural surroundings in Quito, with plenty to do if you venture outside of the city, too. Most recommend at least three full days to see Quito's treasures, but a more well-rounded trip would benefit from a week.

Where's the best place to stay?

The most popular spot to stay is near the Mariscal. Here there are plenty of guesthouses, hostels, bars and eateries to suit any budget. However, for a taste of traditional Quito, head for the old town, home to most of the city's most treasured, ancient sites.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +593
  • Best time to visit
    Given Quito is so near the equator, year round temperatures are generally pleasant and warm. There is, however, a rainy season which lasts from December through March. Best plan your trip for June, July, or August.

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What people are saying about Quito

Thoroughly enjoyed my day with a pleasant and knowledgable guide

It would have been easier to have been collected from my hostel as with other trips, especially at the end of the trip when luckily another tour operated I'd been with kindly picked me up but I enjoyed my day especially the lady with the weaving. A very good guide

A fabulous experience at a great price + awesome customer service!

I booked this tour for my first day in Quito (might want to acclimate to the altitude at least a day first). I could only go that day. I have had previous altitude issues so I purchased oxygen canisters in advance. I cannot say enough about what a great Guide Fernando was and Nixon was a great driver too. We picked up Paulina as a park Guide and she led us up the zig-zag route to the refuge lodge. The change in elevation from there is about 1200 ft and the route is just less than a mile. Fernando stayed right with me encouraging me and assuring me I could do it. I did, but his encouragement made the difference. We saw a llama wandering around, wild horses and a variety of bird life. Take this trip- it was awesome!!

Cotopaxi National Park Full-Day Tour from Quito Reviewed by Stephanie, 03/07/2018

Perfect Trip & very nice Day & best Team ever

Well done and many thanks to the complete team. We can fully recommend to join this Trip.

Super guide (Daniel) showed us all the best sights

Great day tour. The guide (Daniel) was friendly and very knowledgable. All the sights were amazing. Would particularly recommend the Mitad del Mundo

Excellent, well organized ad wonderful guides

Our guide Alex was informative as well as entertaining. I got really drenched and he was so kind. Our driver even lent me his jacket. Lots to see and lots to learn. I would recommend this tour highly.

Otavalo and Imbabura Sightseeing Tour from Quito Reviewed by Judith, 03/24/2017